• James McNeil

A well, a woman, and an incredible story

Many years ago, I remember watching a video from Mark Lowry where he talked about the story of the woman at the well in the bible. This woman purposefully came to the well in the middle of the day to avoid other people. The middle of the day was (and still is) the hottest part of the day, and with temperatures just now descending from well over 90ºF this summer, that point is even clearer.

Why was it so important to her to avoid people that she’d come to the well in the hottest part of the day? Well, for one, she knew they’d talk about her. She’d been divorced five times, and the man she was living with wouldn’t even give her his name. In that time, being divorced was a huge thing at all, and she had been there five times! Imagine for a moment the self-worth this woman didn’t have. She felt worthless, and the barbs that other women would throw at her were simply too much.

I don’t know about you, but I get it. I’ve felt worthless, and I’ve had people say some horrible things about me. To be honest, some of them were true. Like this woman, I do not have a spotless past.

For her everything changed when she met Jesus. However, I would like to look at this from a slightly different angle. She met someone who accepted her just as she was. And He knew her past; he even recited it to her. But when He did, there was no judgment. He accepted her just as she was and offered to give her a “living water” that would keep her forever.

Now, I don’t claim to be Jesus at all, but there’s one thing He did here that I can do. I can show people who are hurting (which is pretty much all of us) kindness and acceptance. I can love people regardless of their past. After all, that’s what I would want. How about you?

Try this. The next time you see someone who seems down, just offer them a word of encouragement. It would be better to start with your friends, and then you can work toward helping others as well. That one small thing could help brighten someone else’s day and help them understand they’re not alone in the world. You could even save a life.

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